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Hilary Mantel: The Mirror and the Light – Reading Progress Update: 4%

I’ve barely scratched the surface (we’re just past Jane Seymour’s rather startling wedding night), and I’m already settling back into the story as if it hadn’t been years since I read the second book of the trilogy.  I just love being back in Cromwell’s world, and still as much in awe of him (and Mantel’s […]

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More Favorite / Essential Historical Fiction: Towards the 200!

OK, so I did get to another full list after all.  Here goes, without any further ado: Virginia Woolf: Orlando I’m happy I’m getting another shot for this book alone — could have kicked myself for leaving it off my first list.  I’m not a big fan of either time travel or main character sex […]

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My Historical Fiction Essentials

Finally getting around to this — as per Chris’s invitation, here’s my list (in no particular order, and with major reliance on Chris’s dictum that it’s “fine to list a whole author’s work or series and have it count as one entry”): Hillary Mantel’s historical fiction I’ve yet to try her contemporary writing, but both […]

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Calling all historical fiction readers

Reblogged from Chris’ Fish Place Moonlight Reader has unleashed something.(and we forgot Sharon Kay Penman)  And with her permission, I am asking for your best historical fiction lists.  Post your top 25 and we’ll see how much we have, and then go from there.  First call is good from today until the 8th.  So that’s a […]

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Link to the downloadable Crowdsourced! list

Reblogged from: Moonlight Reader     Themis-Athena has been working extremely hard on the google sheet, which now has 665 books on it. I believe that it is up to date except for Elentarri’s list posted today.   You can view the google document here.   I am also hard at work on the BL list, […]

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Crowdsourced: State of the List — WE DID IT!!!

Reblogged from Themis-Athena’s Garden of Books   UPDATE 2 We did it!!! Here’s the list: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1qYl32e0L3R3X_82XldWaCOt2naBFtvoJsaQY8zzUU3E/edit#gid=0 Thanks to the final submissions by Jennifer, Ani and Lora, we’re up to 1001 exactly!  How cool is that?? _______________________________________________ UPDATE 1 Including all submissions up to right now, we have room for another 27 books. Romance and horror […]

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Crowdsourced: State of the List — CALL FOR A MORATORIUM ON SUBMISSIONS

Guys, we totally rock — once I’ll have added today’s most recent submissions, we’ll be in spitting distance of our 1001 goal! So I’m going to ask for a moratorium on submissions, with two exceptions: 1) We need more romance novels (and also a bit more horror) — the list is currently lopsided in favor […]

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Crowdsourced Book List: Just Saying

I’ve just updated the Google spreadsheet, and we haven’t just cracked the 500 book threshold, we’ve cracked 600 … and we’re on a good way to get to 700.  Do we rock, or what??? Triple hooray for Moonlight Reader’s brainwave and for everyone who responded! And it’s not too late yet in case anybody else […]

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Crowdsourced: More Books with a Difference — Fiction

You asked, Moonlight Reader?  To quote from one of my additional entries below:  “As you wish …” Without any further ado: Hilary Mantel: Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies When Lillelara added A Place of Greater Safety to her list, I could have kicked myself —  because Hilary Mantel’s Cromwell books were definitely among […]

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Listen up – again!

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader     I am still working on getting everyone’s contributions added to the Crowdsourced! list.  Do me a favor, and scroll aaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllllllllllll the way down to the bottom of the list and check the comments. Make sure that there is a link to your list pasted into one of the comments. This is […]

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Books With a Difference

Responding to Moonlight Reader’s “call for papers (= titles / authors)” — there are quite a number of excellent lists out there already; anyway, here’s my contribution … or a first draft, at least.  Links go to my reviews (or status updates / summary blog posts / author pages) to the extent I’ve posted any. […]

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Books With a Difference

Responding to Moonlight Reader’s “call for papers (= titles / authors)” — there are quite a number of excellent lists out there already; anyway, here’s my contribution … or a first draft, at least.  Links go to my reviews (or status updates / summary blog posts / author pages) to the extent I’ve posted any. […]

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This is a call for your essential titles/authors?

Reblogged from Moonlight Reader   This is a call – over the next week or so, spend some time putting together a short list of your personal essential titles that are maybe a little bit out of the mainstream. Say, your top 25 or so that you think are representative or transformative of their era or […]

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Boleyn Is Back

Are any of BL’s other resident history lovers following this? (On FB and Twitter — #BoleynIsBack)  I confess I’m having a blast …     https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Her fate is almost certainly out of her hands… What’s next for Queen Anne Boleyn? Watch her story unfold this summer at the Tower of London — The Tower […]

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12 Days of Christmas Tudor Book Giveaway

Reblogged from: Carpe Librum     I am honored to be part of the 12 Days of Christmas Tudor Book Giveaway at On the Tudor Trail! Check it out for a chance to win a copy of Queen of Martyrs, and make sure you sign up for the many other fabulous books as well. Source: […]

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England (the Southern / Central Part), from East to West and Back: Bookish Souvenirs

The Trip: * Chiltern Hills and Thames Valley (to mystery lovers, aka “Midsomer County” — though given that this is an area chock-full of quintessential(ly) English villages, it’s no surprise that it also routinely provides locations for other series, such as Inspector Morse, The Vicar of Dibley, and of course, adaptations of Agatha Christie’s mysteries […]

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